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Isham Dianalan in his looted home in Marawi, April 2018: "Ang hinihingi namin sa gobyerno, kahit wala kaming makuhang rehabilitation mula sa gobyerno, ang importante makabalik kami sa tinitirahan namin dito sa disumangcop." #marawi #everydayphilippines – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA

IN 360: Inside Marawi homes

All photos by Martin San Diego

Residents of the villages Dagubduban and Tulali in Marawi come home to almost nothing five months after city’s liberation, on April 2018. Evacuees were given three days to retrieve what they can from their homes.

The homecomings were far from joyous as they found their life’s work either destroyed, burnt, or looted.

A year before, ISIS-backed Maute group laid siege to a large part of Marawi City in Southern Philippines. More than 250,000 residents were displaced. The battle for its liberation took 5 months.

For many of those who call Marawi home, the pains are far from over. Plans for them and the city’s rebuilding are still uncertain. They have to live in temporary shelters and relatives longer, not knowing when they can return.

Here are some of them with what was left:

Isham Dianalan, who works at a local school, looks through his looted home in Brgy. Tulali in Marawi City, on April 7, 2018. “Ang hinihingi namin sa gobyerno, kahit wala kaming makuhang rehabilitation mula sa gobyerno, ang importante makabalik kami sa tinitirahan namin dito sa disumangcop,” he said. (What we’re asking from the government, even if we don’t get any help from them, what’s important for us is that we can return to our homes here.)

Naima Abdurahman Palawan in his looted tailoring shop in Marawi, April 2018: "Tingnan mo yung mga motor, pinag hiwa-hiwa yung mga makina (ko pantahi). Anim na makina ito." – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA

Naima Abdurahman Palawan, 63, stands with what remain of her tailoring shop in Marawi City. Naima came back to Marawi from Saudi in 2017 to open a tailoring shop using her savings. Everything got destroyed and stolen during the siege.

Alihamdi Madzaman in his home in Marawi, April 2018: "Wala. Yung ano lang, mga sofa, sala set, yun lang. Kumbaga sa 100%, wala pang 5% yata (ang natira). Onti lang. Nasunog talaga." #marawi #everydayphilippines – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA

Abdul Asis Pundogar, 33, in his house in Brgy Tulali. His car behind him had its entire engine stolen.

Alihamdi Madzaman in his looted and burnt home in Marawi, April 2018: "Wala. Yung ano lang, mga sofa, sala set, yun lang. Kumbaga sa 100%, wala pang 5% yata (ang natira). Onti lang. Nasunog talaga." #marawi #everydayphilipines – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA

Alihamdi Madzaman: “Wala. Yung ano lang, mga sofa, sala set, yun lang. Kumbaga sa 100%, wala pang 5% yata (ang natira). Onti lang. Nasunog talaga.” (Nothing. Just the sofas, sala set, only those are left. Let’s say out of 100, only 5% is left. Very few. All got burnt).

Lisa and Esa Ibrahim in what remained of their computer shop in Brgy Tulali, Marawi City, April 2018. #marawi #everydayphilippines – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA

Lisa and Esa Ibrahim rummages through the remains of their computer shop.

Jalil Mamailaw in his burnt home in Marawi, April 2018: "Wala nang natira, wala na" – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA

Municipal councilor Jalil Mamailaw came home to a burnt house.

“Wala nang natira, wala na,” he said. (Nothing’s left. Nothing.)

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